Restaurants in Washington

Chef John Sundstrom (who made his name with sister institution - and next-door neighbor - Lark) serves smoked white-been tartine and tuna crudo with lemon.

Sophisticated cooking (house-made tagliatelle with mushrooms and Oregon black truffles) shines in a swanky open space with exposed brick and beams.

This downtown steakhouse offers an elegant dining environment, with its dark wood-panelled walls, plush forest-green velvet banquettes, and white-tablecloth service.

"Cupcakeries" have been popping up in cities and towns across America, but Cupcake Royale is one of Seattle's most popular dessert shops.

Boom Noodle serves authentic pan-Asian food in a Modernist Tokyo ambience.

Co-owners Brian McCracken and Dana Tough's take on new American fare, which relies heavily on local, farm-to-table ingredients, has garnered its fair share of accolades from publications like Food & Wine.

Vietnam meets the Pacific northwest at Eric and Sophie Bahn's Capitol Hill restaurant.